February 23, 2012
OUR CITY sits only about 60 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, even closer to the Delaware Bay, and our river port is one of the busiest on the East Coast. While you wouldn't exactly call Philadelphia "maritime" (as one might call Baltimore), the sea certainly isn't a foreign concept. Yet, when it comes to dining, seafood is so often a struggle in this city. Why aren't there more, and better, seafood places here in Philadelphia, I often wonder? Many others seem to feel the same way, if I judge by how often I'm asked to recommend "a really good seafood place.
February 9, 2012 |
Here's one of the benefits of spending Valentine's Day at home: You get to eat what you want. Sure, you have to make it, but that also means costs can stay down, and you don't have to fight the crowds or be subjected to a rule-ridden tasting menu. And honestly, when is the last time you had a special dinner with your loved one at home without the TV on? Light some candles. It's a nice thing. Sticking around the abode means you can casually indulge. I've created a menu that allows just that, taking the best of a steak-house dinner and combining it with pop-a-pilsner elements.
February 8, 2012 |
BILL VALENTINE liked nothing better than to sit in front of the TV with his Aunt Kitty and watch sports. In addition to the pleasure of sharing an important game with his aunt, he knew that she would fix him a big meal to go with the experience. "Bill loved to eat - a lot," his family said. William T. Valentine, a social worker for the city Department of Human Services, former teacher in the Philadelphia School District, community activist, athlete and coach, died Jan. 30 after a brief illness.
January 12, 2012 |
What happens beyond the swinging doors that lead into a restaurant's kitchen isn't always the infernal scullery you see on reality TV. Sure, plates get dropped, stockpots get banged around, kitchen crews shout above the din, and temperatures rise as the evening's service hits its peak. Happens in any kitchen (even yours or mine) as the clock ticks toward dinner. What helps many top restaurants keep their kitchen crews cool and in sync when working in high gear? They sit down together before dinner service for a meal, often simple comfort foods, prepared by staff.
January 5, 2012 |
Resolutioners, let's get real: Convenience is key. If the gym is too far away, the supermarket too busy, the salad spot a block past the hoagie hut, you might as well put your good intentions out with the Christmas tree. But meal-delivery companies, which bring prepared food right to your door, have become increasingly affordable and flexible - and have made their food tastier - over the last few years. Some are even local. As our definition of "healthy eating" shifts, so do the offerings from these companies.
December 19, 2011 |
Question: A good friend has recently lost a lot of weight, and I am happy for her accomplishment. However, I can't escape the sense of jealousy I have when our mutual friends constantly applaud her on how great she looks, and how it annoys me to read her daily updates on Facebook on how far she's run or what skinless boneless healthy meal she's cooking up for dinner. I suppose part of this jealousy stems from my gaining weight, despite my best efforts (a rigorous exercise regimen and restructuring what and how much I eat)
November 25, 2011 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to service members and retirees at a military base in her hometown. Giffords arrived in the dining hall at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson at midday yesterday wearing a ball cap and an apron with her nickname of "Gabby" sewn on the front. She was accompanied by her retired astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who also donned an apron. Giffords used only her left hand as she served, a sign that physical damage remains from the injuries she suffered when she was shot in January.
November 24, 2011 |
Inside a Kensington church, a group of low-income families sat, quiet and expectant, at cloth-covered tables adorned with fresh flowers. Crime and deprivation are everyday elements of their lives in the neighborhood, in the First Congressional District, one of the hungriest places in the United States. But within the sanctuary of West Kensington Ministry in Norris Square, this was a moment of sweet civility for around 70 people gathered for a free Thanksgiving dinner. The meal was part of a weekly program known as Sunday Suppers established by Mount Airy activist Linda Samost in the spring.
November 18, 2011
People in need can get a hot breakfast and pick up a turkey and all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner Monday in Bristol Borough. In addition, 50 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and those in active service and their spouses can get checks for $50 to $200, based on need. The 400 Thanksgiving dinners will be provided through the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, which has been donating the holiday meals for 26 years. Proof of unemployment, welfare, disability benefits, or military service, is needed to get a turkey, stuffing, side dishes, and a pie at Calvary Baptist Church.
November 17, 2011 |
There are door prizes, and then there is walking away with a burlap bag stuffed with $1,000 in tens and twenties. That's the kind of "door prize" possible at a Stake dinner. A cash donation of $10 to $20 at the door (your decision, based on your wallet) gets you a three-course vegetarian meal (made from donated ingredients, cooked by volunteers) and a ballot listing a handful of nascent community projects looking for a financial boost. Between dinner and dessert, each project sends a representative onstage to plead its case.